The director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, made the remarks at a traditional Taoist blessing ceremony for the 70th iteration of the city’s iconic motor-racing competition.
She added that her office had embarked on a rigorous promotional campaign in collaboration with airlines – including Cathay Pacific – to attract overseas tourists to the Grand Prix, which also coincides with several MICE events,
A 90 percent figure seems achievable: hotel occupancy rates were 88.7 percent in August, down from a post-pandemic high of 92 percent in July.
The Macau Grand Prix will be held across two successive weekends: 11-12 and 16-19 November. Tickets for the second weekend have nearly sold out.
On Monday, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U said this year’s Grand Prix had a budget of about 260 million patacas. The SAR’s six concessionaires are contributing a combined 120 million patacas to the event, according to a gaming industry media report.